Stick with the program. If you follow the
guidelines set forth by the South Beach Diet, you'll be less likely to
have cravings and, as a result, you'll be less likely to turn to food
when you face stress. Plus, snacks are encouraged on the plan, so you
won't feel deprived.
Keep your hands busy. Find something else to do
with your hands besides eat. Keep the daily crossword nearby, knock off
some chores, or distract yourself by calling your friends or family.
(Don't use the kitchen phone!)
Be ready for stress snack-attacks. It's worth
repeating that snacks are encouraged on the South Beach Diet, so keep
the right foods on hand. Make sure you've got a supply of crunchy
vegetables like celery sticks, green and red pepper strips, cauliflower
buds, and broccoli florets — you can even cut them up and stash them in
resealable bags in your veggie drawer. Feel the urge to dip? Try hummus
or eggplant dip, or a bit of spreadable, low-fat cheese (six grams of
fat or less per ounce). Also, stock your cupboards and desk drawers with
nonperishable South Beach Diet–friendly items like nuts; high-fiber,
whole-grain crackers and cereals; dried apricots; and even cans or
pouches of water-packed tuna.
- Work out. Exercise is not only a great way to stay fit and manage your weight, it's also a fantastic stress reliever. If going to the gym isn't your thing, clear your mind with a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
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